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  • pantryfight 60 posts 84 karma points
    Jun 23, 2016 @ 23:50

    Automating uSync deployment via Octopus

    Hi there.. I'm just wondering what would be the best way of automating uSync deployments via Octopus Deploy (using uSync version 3.04 for Umbraco 7.3) ?

    I'm familiar with Aaron Powell's Chauffeur command line umbraco tool, and I have seen that he's created a uSync addon for it, it sounds good, but I haven't tried it yet, and not sure if it works with this version of uSync. I've spoken with him about how it works though and sounds simple enough. You use the command line to create a snapshot of your uSync configs and then deploy them with a deliverable. He hasn't worked on it in a while though.

    However, in my searches I've also found which seems to be another Chauffeur addon for achieving the same thing.. but some questions about that:

    1. Is it finished?
    2. Will this work with my version of uSync?
    3. How is it used? Does it create snapshots same as Aaron's script, or does it use another method.

    Also, are there any other methods of deploying using Octopus other than these two options I have found?


  • Alex Skrypnyk 6132 posts 23951 karma points MVP 7x admin c-trib
    Jun 24, 2016 @ 18:03
    Alex Skrypnyk

    Hi pantryfight,

    You definitely have to use uSync with Octopus for deployment changes in Umbraco database. It's really good solution, but you need to include all uSync files to your Visual Studio project as I remember. Also you need to set uSync config to Read from Disc on the start on the dev server for applying changes immediately after deploy.



  • pantryfight 60 posts 84 karma points
    Jun 27, 2016 @ 05:38

    Hi Alex, I'm already deploying the usync directory to my site using Octopus, but what I would like to do is to run the actual usync import via an Octopus deploy step, by using a command line tool such as Chauffeur or something similar.

    I'd prefer to do this as part of the actual deployment process than for these tasks to be performed by the web app on app start.

  • Julian C. 16 posts 73 karma points
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 07:36
    Julian C.

    We're deploying uSync changes successfully via Octopus Deploy, but the same way as Alex, including the uSync files in the deployment and setting the config to Import=true. (We use Octopus Deploy to set Import=true on one server in the web farm but not on the others, so that the import isn't duplicated).

    I don't see the need for it to be a separate deployment step. Our first deployment step is a database backup, and we deploy each release of the site to a new folder, so the roll back would simply consist of restoring from the database backup, and re-pointing IIS back to the previous release. Of course this will will re-import the uSync content from the previous release which isn't strictly necessary as it's in the database backup anyway, but no harm done!

    Sorry it's not answering your detailed questions, but we find this works well enough without using any other add-ons.

  • Matthew Wise 271 posts 1373 karma points MVP 4x c-trib
    Sep 10, 2019 @ 13:39
    Matthew Wise

    We use a transform. To stop content delivery

    <!-- TODO: Stop Content Import once testing starts.-->
    <!-- content edition - if installed -->
    <HandlerConfig Name="uSync: ContentHandler" Enabled="true" Actions="Export" xdt:Transform="Replace"  xdt:Locator="Match(Name)"/>
    <HandlerConfig Name="uSync: MediaHandler" Enabled="true" Actions="Export" xdt:Transform="Replace"  xdt:Locator="Match(Name)"/>

    Export only means you still have uSync files you can grab to get the content back to other envrioments

  • Simon Dingley 1470 posts 3427 karma points c-trib
    Sep 10, 2019 @ 13:32
    Simon Dingley

    we deploy each release of the site to a new folder,

    I'm also doing that at the moment - how do you handle media? Do you have a step to move or copy from the previous release folder?

  • Matthew Wise 271 posts 1373 karma points MVP 4x c-trib
    Sep 10, 2019 @ 13:37
    Matthew Wise

    Virtual directory for media, and App_data. So you dont have to redo all your croppings.


  • Simon Dingley 1470 posts 3427 karma points c-trib
    Sep 10, 2019 @ 13:47
    Simon Dingley

    Thanks @Matt

  • Simon Dingley 1470 posts 3427 karma points c-trib
    Nov 28, 2019 @ 07:24
    Simon Dingley

    I have one further issue to resolve with Octopus deployments…After deployment, some content is missing and only returns after manually triggering a rebuild of the examine index.

    It's odd since the indexes should rebuild on startup since they don't exist and they do appear to since I see the index files on disk. Most site content is present but the most obvious content that is missing is one part of the site that presents content from the ExternalIndex.

    Looking at the index it claims to only have a DocumentCount of 6. If I trigger a rebuild it updates to 165.

    Nothing much of interest in the logs except for this...

    Call was made to RebuildIndexes but the task runner for rebuilding is already running

    Any ideas?

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